The Clutch Digital
26 May 2020 at the #ESIDIGITAL

ABOUT

The Clutch was born at ESI London 2019 with the aim of helping esports-related start-up companies in need of funding and/or mentorship.

Over 30 companies applied to The Clutch, before being whittled down to a final nine who took to the stage to pitch to five esteemed investors from the esports industry.

With The Clutch USA (In partnership with Deloitte) postponed until ESI NYC later in the year, we’ve opted for an online solution.
Welcome to The Clutch Digital. The same international and top tier investors on the judges panel, and still taking place in-front of an audience with the same format; a pitch followed by Q&A from the judges; we’re expecting fireworks. Only four companies will be offered the chance to take part.

G-Science left Twickenham Stadium victorious in September – but who will take the accolade at the inaugural ESI Digital Summit on 26th May.

HOW IT WORKS?

The Clutch will provide four start-ups an opportunity to pitch to an esteemed panel of investors with considerable experience in investment & esports. 

Each start-up will take the stage and have four minutes to pitch – after which we’ll cut the mics dead. 

The mics will come back up and the panel will have six minutes to ask questions and test the mettle of each individual. 

The investors will, at the end of the day, decide who pitched and responded to questions the best. The winning start-up will then be presented the inaugural The Clutch trophy – and who knows – there may well be investment offers forthcoming.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR MENTORSHIP WITH TOP INVESTORS

CHANCE TO OBTAIN FUNDING

PLATFORM TO PRESENT YOUR PRODUCT TO THE WIDER INDUSTRY

MEDIA CONNECTIONS AND A CHANCE TO TALK TO THE MAINSTREAM PRESS

2 x TICKETS TO THE INAUGURAL ESI DIGITAL SUMMIT

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

THE APPLICATION WINDOW IS CURRENTLY OPEN! 

Stage 1: Please complete the application form here. All applications will be reviewed by the ESI team with assistance from the investors before a shortlist is created. The deadline for applications is Friday 15th May.

Stage 2: Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 20th May. Those who are invited to pitch will have the opportunity for pre-event editorial to promote the product. 

Stage 3: Those chosen will receive 2 x tickets to the ESI Digital Summit and be invited to join and participate in our groundbreaking digital conference conference. 

Stage 4: On the day, our panel of investors will decide on the best pitch and crown the champion of The Clutch Digital. 

WHY YOU SHOULD SPONSOR?

‘The Clutch’ is a unique content piece in the esports space which you can attach your business to from the very beginning. By becoming a partner of ‘The Clutch’, you have the opportunity to showcase your business and promote it as a leader, supporter and partner of the burgeoning esports industry.

Sponsorship will provide prominence to your brand across all aspects of ‘The Clutch’, from the editorial perspective in the run-up to the event, all the way through to the post-event video footage which will showcase the pitches and the very best from the day. 

For more detail on the ESI Digital Summit and ‘The Clutch Digital’ sponsorship opportunities, please email [email protected].

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND?

The Clutch drew applications from over 30 start-ups the first time out, and we’re not expecting it to slow down as we head online, especially with the field thinning to four. The unique content piece provides those involved with an invaluable opportunity to showcase their product the wider esports world.

Each start-up will have access to our expert panel of investors who will offer guidance and mentorship as well as a series of testing questions to each company pitching. 

It will provide insight into the pitching process, and how anyone can turn what may have once been a passing thought into a meaningful product fit for purpose.

Attendees to The Clutch will have full access to the entirety of the ESI Digital Summit. There’ll be ample opportunity to network, learn, discuss and debate with key industry stakeholders across the two days. 

MEET THE JUDGES

Malte Barth
Founding Partner
BITKRAFT
Fabio La Franca
Investment Director
Station12 Ventures
David Gowans
Head of Creative Technologies, Games & Esports
Barclays
David Martin
Director
Esports Global
Patrick Mahoney
CEO
We Are Nations Inc